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From: Ellis R. Miller <>
Date: Wed, 6 Apr 2005 23:36:51 -0500
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This is a couple years old but still interesting benchmarking regarding MySQL:,3670,s=1590&a=23120&po=1&i=1,00.asp

MySQL 5.0 now supports stored procedures, triggers, and views, in particular, and as someone else already mentioned PostgreSQL these features as well as a host of other advanced RDBMS features for many years.

In the spirit of LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP) I would embrace MySQL and consider the learning experience a healthy smoking or surfing for pornography on Saturdays while the wife is at the both cases 45 minutes a week and one cigarette afterwards so what's the big deal.

I have developed a couple of LAMP applications and found they are infinitely less complex thus infinitely simpler to maintain and secure and in those cases MySQL and the LAMP solution, overall, offered a darn stable, cheap, and homogenous (runs on Solaris or Linux, for example) alternative to Access (please reference Star Trek "The trouble with Tribbles" with regard to Access propagating itself to your enterprise LAN) or MS SQL Server. Further, MySQL serves and is often recommended as the backend database to various open source applications such as Snort IDS (Intrusion Detection System). In that sense, it is worth installing, configuring, and administrating at least one MySQL database as it is often coupled with other various open source tools & applications such as sniffers, intrusion detection systems, web log analyzers, source code management, etc.

On a more practical note, since I am forever flirting with the IT job market while secretly earning my MTA truck driving certification (don't tell my wife it's going to be surprise) I have noticed an increased demand for Oracle DBA experience as a primary skill and MySQL as a secondary one which still only accounts for around 3 contracts over the past couple months where I have actually answered the phone (usually I just turn up the volume on Windows Media Player), spoken with a "person" or an IT "I Am Sorry I Am Not Technical" Recruiter. The third most popular skill is the ability to work feral children hopped up on back pain medication and ready to swing on that kid whose basketball went in their IT flower garden back in 1976, the same year that handsome Bruce Jenner won the gold in the decathlon. It's like he was poured into those 1970's running shorts.

On a side note, when I purchase a new car I approach the dealership under the assumption the middle-aged guy with the singular forehead sheen from too much Brylcreem whose smoking a cigarette and drinking coffee in the middle of the showroom whilst polishing his high school state football championship ring isn't actually the head of Engineering for General Motors...he's just there to sell yet oddly enough he knows virtually all of the primary features and cool acronyms from the glossy brochure despite never owning his own wrench. If someone has them the IT recruiters of America need the Solaris and Oracle RDBMS glossy colored brochures...I am working on the one entitled "The Java and You."

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Walt Weaver
Sent: Monday, April 04, 2005 4:03 PM
To: oracle_l
Subject: Re: mysql

On Apr 4, 2005 12:54 PM, stephen booth <> wrote:
> On Apr 4, 2005 7:11 PM, David <> wrote:
> > What are the largest pros and cons involved in discussing mysql versus
> > Oracle?
> MySQL doesn't have the recoverability features of Oracle, you lose a
> disk and you've lost everything since the last backup.

Not true. MySQL binlogs are similar to Oracle redo logs and can be used for point-in-time recovery. We have over 200 MySQL databases running 4.x with binlogs and replication and have experienced no data loss from server crashes.

> MySQL scaling is a joke.

It certainly isn't in Oracle's league as far as scalaility is concerned.

> Stephen

--Walt Weaver

   Bozeman, Montana


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